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Cosita linda/ Cute Little Thing (Los Especiales De a La Orilla Del Viento) (Spanish Edition)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  748 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
This is the story of a very special gorilla, which learned to communicate with his hands. If he wants something he can ask for it using special hand signs. This gorilla has everything and yet he is sad. One day he asks his security guards to get him a friend. That is how little Beauty comes into his life. Soon she will become his best friend and both will do anything to st ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Fondo de Cultura Economica USA (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Gorilla has everything he needs, but he is lonely. So, he asks his keepers for a friend, using sign language. They give him a kitten, Little Beauty, and tell him "Don't eat her."
The gorilla loves the kitten. He gives her milk, and honey (she just looks at the honey) and they are very happy. The illustrations will have you smiling as gorilla and Little Beauty swing through the pages (sometimes literally) having fun and enjoying each other's company. I love the mismatched size of the friends, and
Jackie "the Librarian"
If you like cute cats, and gorillas, you will love this book. Drawn from the true story of Koko the gorilla, and her kitten All Ball Koko's Kitten, Anthony Browne puts his own twist on this tale of a gorilla who wants a friend.
In this version, the gorilla has all the comforts of home, including an easy chair and a television. What he doesn't have is a friend. Since he is able to communicate with sign language, he can ask for one, and in comes Little Beauty, a cute tabby kitten, and a lovely frie
Jan 21, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Koko love heart pictures. Koko sad bad writing.
This is a story of a gorilla who learned sign language. He lives at the zoo and seemingly has everything, including a TV. However, he is sad and lonely. One day he signs to his keepers that he would like a friend, so they give him a kitten named Little Beauty. The two friends are very different in size and appearance, but they get along well and do everything together. One day, while watching a movie about King Kong, gorilla gets mad and smashes the TV. When the zookeepers come, they want to tak ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very special gorilla seems to have everything he needs, apart from a friend. When his zoo-keepers give him a kitten to befriend the pair become inseparable. However, when the gorilla gets angry and breaks the TV the zoo- keepers are not impressed. It seems as if this might be the end of their friendship, until the quick-thinking kitten steps in and they live happily ever after.

The story line itself can be a starting point for discussion about loneliness, friendship, and kindness, potentially s
Review of Nonprint: Nutmeg Media: Little Beauty (Picture Book Read on DVD)

This is a wonderful children’s book written by the award winning British author, Anthony Browne. This book is inspired by a real-life gorilla, Koko, who communicated through sign language. In this book a gorilla learns sign language and seems to have everything, but is still sad because he does not have a friend. The zookeepers decide to give the gorilla a kitten, Beauty, as a friend. The two become wonderful friends. One
Oct 29, 2013 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In “Little Beauty” by Anthony Browne, a trained gorilla that does sign language wanted a friend. So his keepers gave him a tiny kitten and they became the best of friends. The artistic elements are heavily weighted and varied throughout this book. The end pages were a burnt orange floral pattern which was shown in a few of the illustrations. On the dust jackets were excerpts of a short summary about the book, tells what inspired Anthony Browne to write this story, where he is from and other book ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Rakisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rakisha by: Jamie
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Zaynab Modaykhan
This book is about a gorilla in a zoo that does Sign Language. He is a sad gorilla because there are no other gorillas in the zoo and he has no friends. Th keeper gave the gorilla a little friend called Beauty, who was a little kitten. The gorilla loved Beauty, he fed her and they were very happy. They did everything together. One day, gorilla and the kitten were watching a movie together about a gorilla who climbs the Empire State Building. Gorilla became angry and broke the TV. The keepers wer ...more
Nov 29, 2009 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I read this book I was thinking it was referring to a gorilla I have heard about learning to sign for communication. I thought was a cool concept to take a real event and turn into a childrens story. I thought it had a really weird twist with no consequences and did not like the endings. I also felt that the illustrations were inconsistent and on various pages looked like another illustrator threw their images in. I guess since I knew of this actual gorilla I was hoping for a more accurate ac ...more
Jan 15, 2009 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I am not a fan of Anthony Browne. Of all of his books, though, I like this one best. The story of a lonely gorilla who signs (similar to Koko and the kitten) getting a kitten as a friend is one children will find appealing. The faces of the gorilla and other characters are very expressive. I think children will be tickled by the twist at the end.
Jul 12, 2009 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book in Spanish, which I do not speak (Cosita Linda). So I got to make up a story of my own based on the pictures. It ended up with Kitty taking a bullet. It was AMAZING!

When I read the English version, it only slightly differed from my own except for the ending in which everyone lives...

The reviews talk about the illustration, but the story is really just ok.
The goofy, besotted gorilla expressions, the contrast of the huge gorilla and the teensy kitten and their joy in each other, and finally the twist at the end (kitty understands what to do to save their companionship), made this an "ahhh" read that made me smile. Can't imagine anyone that wouldn't.
Dec 08, 2016 Nadia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's lovely, especially if you use Auslan - the children can learn so quickly! Having said this, it's a bit too sad for group time so I keep it for smaller groups.
Mar 07, 2017 Den rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, 2017
A gorilla is taught sign language and he signs that he needs a friend. They give him a cat and they become very good friends. Then something upsets the gorilla .... & there is a surprise solution

Cecilia Alonso
Feb 14, 2017 Cecilia Alonso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mí me pareció simple, pero a Noa le gustó, se le hizo corto. Es muy concreto, sin mucho mensaje. Ilustraciones impresionantes.
Goshen PL Childrens
Read for Storytime, February 22nd
Theme: Stories about Feelings
Feb 16, 2017 Michael rated it really liked it
Muy bueno el libro. Una historia muy interesante, bien escrito y acompañado de dibujos hermosos.
Patrick MacDonald
"Little Beauty" is a feel good story about a lonely gorilla who knows how to use sign language, but has no one to play with, so the keepers get him a cat. They become best friends, the gorilla feeds the kitten milk, honey takes care of him like its his own, they do everything together. One day the gorilla acts up and the zoo keepers come to punish him but the kitten shows why he is a true friend.

This was a fun story to read, it had very little text but interesting pictures that differentiated th
Laura Brendle
Sep 19, 2016 Laura Brendle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Beauty is a surrealist picturebook by Anthony Browne depicting the relationship between a gorilla and a kitten named Beauty. The book goes through several color palette choices, with some being more realistic while others, such as the entirely red "angry" page, are used to show more emotion and movement within the scene. This book captures the drama of the turning page very well, especially considering the emotional impact the narrative has when Beauty and the Gorilla may get separated. A ...more
Elizabeth Menchaca
“Once upon a time there was a very special gorilla that could use sign language” He was provided with all the basic necessities of life such as food, comforts and even some entertainment but that is not all this gorilla needed to be happy, he was very lonely and sad, so he asked his keepers for a friend. Soon after he was given a kitten named Beauty. “The gorilla loved Beauty” they immediately became the best of friends, they did everything together (even go to the bathroom!) and the gorilla to ...more
Oct 03, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Little Beauty" is about a Gorilla who lives at a zoo who is lonely and desperate for a friend. through use of sign language the gorilla tells his anguish to the zookeepers who decide that they should get the gorilla a friend, namely a pet kitten they call "beauty" they quickly become best friends until one day whilst watching an upsetting film (it can be assumed King Kong by use of the illustrations) the gorilla becomes angry and breaks zoo property and when the zoo keeps go to reprimand the go ...more
Little Beauty is an Anthony Browne book that was published in 2010. The gorilla motif, which exists across many of Browne's works, is present. However, this gorilla is zoo bound. While taking on some human characteristics and human conveniences provided by zoo keepers, his freedom is limited to requests made through sign language. And so, on the very second page, the enlarged typography announces that the main character is "sad." Browne captures this emotion through the eyes of his gorilla who s ...more
Meghan Klyczek
Oct 30, 2014 Meghan Klyczek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
A very special gorilla seems to have everything he needs, apart from a best friend and he is very lonely. When his zoo-keepers give him a kitten to befriend, the pair become inseparable and they become the best of friends that I think this gorilla was longing for. However, when the gorilla gets angry and breaks the TV, the zoo- keepers are not impressed. It seems as if this might be the end of their friendship, until the quick-thinking kitten steps in and they live happily ever after.

The story l
Sep 23, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books was an endearing, loving story that teaches friendship and love. There was a gorilla who was not normal. He got everything he wanted but he signed to his keepers that he wanted a friend. Therefore they brought him a cute kitten named Beauty. You can see their bond immediately. You see this huge gorilla and tiny kitten doing everything together. When they slept or played together their colors blended. One day they watched a "King Kong" movie together and since the gorilla didn't like t ...more
Jammie Mays
Sep 23, 2014 Jammie Mays rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The eyes! During my first read of this book all I could focus on was the eyes of each character. On the first double page spread the gorilla grabbed my attention and I felt like I was observing him at the zoo watching television. The eyes (as does the rest of the photo, but more over the eyes) have so much detail. They are a realistic color of brown, they remind me of my eye color when the light hits them. As I turned the page I got an even better look at the lighting of his eyes and the detail ...more
Christina Greenberg
Little Beauty by Anthony Browne is the story of a blossoming friendship between a sad and lonely gorilla and a kitten. Throughout the story we see the recurring image of a rose. On the first title page we have white rose and on the next we have a pink rose. Historically, white roses symbolize innocence and purity while pink roses symbolize love, gratitude and appreciation. As you read through this story you can see why Browne chose to use these two roses. The themes of innocence, love, gratitude ...more
This is a heartwarming tale about a Gorilla who lives in a zoo and is very lonely. He signs to his keepers one day that he would like to have a friend. They give him a kitten named Beauty. They were best friends and did everything together. One night, however, they were watching a movie together that made the Gorilla very angry and he broke the television. When the keepers saw the broken television, they threatened to take Beauty away because they were afraid for her life.
Beauty, knowing the tru
Jenni Golisch
This Anthony Browne book is different from the others I read because he does not frame hardly any of the illustrations. The gorilla occupies most of the space in every picture, with Browne focusing in on the gorilla's facial expression. While I was reading the story, I felt confused by Browne switching from detailed and color drawings to pencil sketches. When I looked back at the story to review it, I realized that Browne is probably referring to how people feel about isolation. You could have e ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Itzel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, it is a story about a gorilla. The gorilla is lonely and wants a friend. The zookeepers end up getting him a friend, a kitty. Now that the gorilla has a friend, he is happy. At first you can tell they had to get to know each other and then they were very close friends. Then one day, he got really mad and breaks the television. The zookeepers want to know who broke the television. It has a surprising funny ending to the book.

The illustrations were well done. They were able to tell t
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Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, is the author-illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including SILLY BILLY and LITTLE BEAUTY. He lives in Kent, England.
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